Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann

Shopping in Paris Region

Much like gourmet dining in France, shopping in Paris is a truly unique experience. Whether your preference is luxury brand names, independent boutiques or the neighbourhood second-hand shop, the Paris fashion stores never fail to please.
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Shopping spree in Paris Region

Welcome to Paris, the world capital of fashion and shopping. Explore the iconic streets of the city of light for an experience you’ll never forget. In Paris, fashion and history mingle together and every district has its own special gems. The cobblestone streets of the Marais district are packed with trendy boutiques, while the Champs-Élysées offers a dazzling array of famous luxury shops.

There’s no shortage of places to shop in this fashionista’s playground, with everything from the great names in haute couture and designer boutiques to the local second-hand shop. You’ll find all the latest trends in clothing, accessories and decoration to satisfy every taste. Immerse yourself in the world of Paris fashion and discover the unique charm of the city’s shops, true symbols of French sophistication. So, ready to succumb to temptation?

Paris, the fashion capital

Right up there in the running alongside London, Milan and New York, Paris is one of the four famous cities nicknamed the Big Four by fashion addicts. But against these competing cities, Paris has a major asset: its history.

Fashion houses, an Anglo-Parisian invention

One day, France witnessed the emergence of a legendary trend: designer fashion. A trend that has remained on the streets of Paris ever since. However, we owe the very principle of the fashion house to an Englishman. In the 19th century, Charles Frederick Worth decided to change the way he made clothes. Instead of simply meeting his clients’ expectations, he created brand new garments for his boutique. His collections began to include unique items and changed with every season. His fashion house on Rue de la Paix in Paris became known internationally and other fashion designers later followed his example. Couture became an art. During this time, famous names that were linked to the fashion world in varying degrees also began to build their legends. The prestige image of France was further enhanced by the expertise of names like Guerlain, Vuitton, Hermès and Cartier.

The golden age of Paris fashion

In the 20th century, Paris shone brighter than ever. Coco Chanel imposed a whole new look on women, who now enjoyed more freedom. Much later, Christian Dior joined the designer world and shook things up a little. His New-Look style disconcerted somewhat the pre-existing designers such as Balmain, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Doucet and Vionnet.
After the Second World War, however, Paris was forced to share the stage and even came close to leaving it. The French capital had to rely on its historical assets. They may have been creative on the other side of the Atlantic, but Paris boasted an ancestral expertise that New York wasn’t about to replace.

Paris, close to the fashionista’s heart

In the 1970s, new names made their merry way into the world of high fashion. The likes of Kenzo, Gaultier, Mugler and others kept the international influence of Paris alive. But from then on, it was all about off-the-peg fashion. And yet fresh styles, creativity and new trends continued to emerge from the famous names of haute couture.

The year 2000 came and went. Paris left in its wake a century full of unexpected turns. In the public imagination, the city’s image was imprinted once and for all as the ultimate fashion hotspot. If you still have doubts, there’s a film that should convince you. In The Devil Wears Prada, is it not in Paris that Miranda and Andrea attend Fashion Week? You see, even Hollywood agrees that fashion heaven is the French capital.

The legendary department stores of Paris

Shops with a history

In the department stores, you’ll find a multitude of brand names all under the same roof. Paris boasts six of these huge shops: Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, Printemps Haussmann, Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Samaritaine and BHV Marais.
Besides being true shopping temples, these outlets selling clothing, accessories, decorations and other items are housed in buildings that are true architectural gems. Shopping in such places is an extraordinary experience, much more than just a window-shopping spree. Speaking of shop windows, the ones at Galeries Lafayette are particularly well known for their Christmas displays.

A brand new take on shopping

Yesterday’s fashion world was under the spotlight for its beauty and expertise. Today, the spotlight reveals a darker side of this industry. Faced with environmental issues, the mindset of clients is changing. Nowadays, some people prefer to buy their clothes in second-hand shops, be it to save money or to preserve the planet without depriving themselves of a shopping spree. Vintage garments seem to be gaining momentum in the fashion habits of France.
And the department stores have brought themselves up to speed. Galeries Lafayette Haussmann now has a (Re)Store section. Vintage items and responsible fashion, be they designer or off-the-peg, take pride of place on the 3rd floor of 500 m². Printemps Haussmann also offers a responsible shopping experience in a second-hand section on the 7th floor which includes luxury vintage items. Other stores are launching similar campaigns to encourage the recycling, resale or upcycling of garments.

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